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September 12, 2023

Why Are You Always in a Mood?

Everyone feels grouchy or in a mood some days. But if you're moody often, or have major mood swings that last more than 2 weeks, it could be a sign of a serious mental health condition called a mood disorder. It's important to see a doctor or healthcare professional for help.

A therapist can help you find ways to cope with your problems, and may recommend therapy or medication to treat depression or anxiety. Changing your lifestyle can also make you feel better, so try eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep, exercising, and avoiding drugs and alcohol. Drinking lots of water can help, too. Stress can also cause you to feel bad, so try relaxing activities such as meditation or yoga.

Some medications can affect your mood, so if you're taking a new one, check with your doctor about how it might affect you. You can also talk to your doctor about individual or group therapy as a way to learn coping skills for dealing with problems.

For children, moodiness can be a sign of a bigger problem like depression or anxiety. Check out these resources from Raising Children Network and Kids Helpline for tips for talking to your children about how they're feeling. They also have online and phone counselling services if you need them. If you have a mood disorder, it's likely that your symptoms will get worse over time if left untreated. It's important to get help as soon as possible.